The bands are at the heart of the Swanage Folk Festival, with many people coming just to see their favourite band. Some concerts are free, for others you’ll need to buy a ticket. Most of the concerts are played in Sandpit field (number 1 on the map), but check the location of the acts you’re interested in (there’s a map available on this site if you’re not sure where to find the locations).

Click on any of the entries below to get more information. At the bottom of this page is a map of the festival locations.



Oysterband play modern folk-based British music, acoustic at heart, sometimes rocking. Since 1978 they’ve toured in 35 countries – festivals, concerts, bars, rallies, jails – They won 5 BBC Folk Awards and made 13 studio albums and one DVD.

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